Generally, it is someone you love who will notice that you are having a harder time hearing things. You may not notice it, or perhaps you do but are in denial as to the extent of the problem.  At some point, you are going to have to own up to the fact. When this happens, you should consult with an audiologist about getting a hearing aid. While the doctor will talk with you about the reasons for your loss of hearing and recommend an aid that will help with the problems, there are other things you should take into consideration before making your final decision.


If you are physically active, participating in activities that will have you sweating, outside a lot, or doing things that may cause the device to be dislodged or become wet, you will want an aid that can withstand everything. You do not want to have to keep replacing it because it is lost or damaged. However, if you lead a fairly sedative life, you will not have to worry and can choose the hearing aids based on other things.


If you have a job that requires you to be able to hear soft sounds, or perhaps you need to be able to focus on certain sound, you will want an aid that is sensitive yet able to mute or reduce background noises. In addition, you want to be sure there is no static or ringing in your ears when wearing the device. Finally, you do not want a device that is going to make you self-conscious because of its visibility if you have to deal with the public a lot.


The smaller the hearing aid, the harder it can be to make adjustments to what you are hearing. If you cannot easily reach the device or any of the controls, you should get a different type. You should not have to constantly take the unit out to change the volume or batteries if it is too hard for you to do so.

It will be important for you to discuss how each different type of hearing aid will increase your hearing while still fitting into your lifestyle. Luckily, there are many different types and styles available. If you have started using one type and find that it is not working for you, regardless of how well it makes you hear, talk about changing the style. If the one you have does not make you feel comfortable, you will avoid wearing it.